Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Wednesday, 17th October, 1877

Married Thomas Green son of Joshua Green to Esther Holtom, daughter of John Holtom.

Visited school and Heath allotments. Gave Tarver junior permission to remove some clay from his allotment to his father’s to benefit the soil of each.

Jesse Bishop has a fine crop of carrots. He says they grow 10 to 20 tons per acre. He reckons to have 10 to 12 this time. He gets £2.15 per ton for them at Banbury.

He asked me whether I should turn him out of his allotment because he had taken a few acres of ground near bottom of Pitch Hill. I told him I should not. But if he took a farm it would be a different matter.

Visited John Coleman this evening. He has bought the crop on James Sabin’s allotment and thinks it would not be right to seize it for the rent. I told him he had better not remove it for a few days. He says James Sabin is not likely to pay unless forced to do so.

Thursday, 18th October, 1877 

St Luke’s day. Banbury Fair. Nearly everyone is gone there – only 24 children at school and they all little ones.

Service at church. Only 3 persons besides my own family, the school and the clerk.

Sent £3.10 to Radcliffe from offertories on 7th inst.

Friday, 19th October, 1877

Miss E Dix called about Ezra Hillman – gave her £1. She said that would make enough for all his expenses. He will be at Eastbourne 3 weeks free and then, if they will keep him, 3 weeks more at 10/- per week. His travelling expenses and washing have to be provided for.

His mother called on me this afternoon. I told her my servant should drive him to Banbury station by 8.29 tomorrow morning, but it would be much safer for Ezra if she could get Mr Richard Lamb to lend his covered sociable for the purpose. Mr Lamb promised to lend it and someone to drive.

Widow Young called and asked for a pair of boots for her eldest son who is going into service at Hampton Lucy near Wellesbourne. William Spicer is going to the same place.

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